Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Rises in World Rankings


Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls jumped 12 spots from No. 100 to No. 88 in the 2016 Pollstar Magazine venue rankings.

Pollstar’s Top 200 Venues list ranks the world’s highest touring ticket-selling arenas each year. PREMIER Center ticket sales were 170,843 in 2016, compared to 140,918 last year. Sales are based on touring events, not overall events held at the PREMIER Center.

“It’s a challenge to perform better in the second full year for a new venue, and the general public ticket buyers came through big time this year,” says Chris Semrau, Assistant General Manager of Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. “Ticket sales and an artist’s experience at a venue go a long way in determining whether a tour will include Sioux Falls. We have great support in the community and tremendous venue staff.”

“What a great tribute to this venue and the team that makes it such a hit,” says Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether. “It was another phenomenal year at the PREMIER Center, but look out Boston, here we come.”

Target Center in Minneapolis ranks No. 55 with 298,000 tickets sold. TD Garden in Boston comes in at No. 66 and U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati is at 77.

At No. 88, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center ranks higher than Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena (89th; 169,724 tickets sold); Omaha’s CenturyLink Center (90th; 167,427 tickets sold); Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln (110th); Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena (122nd); and the FARGODOME (200th). All of these venues are in larger markets and have larger seating capacities than the PREMIER Center.

No other regional venues were listed on the report.

Overall, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center brought in 18 concert acts in 2016, plus comedians Jeff Dunham and Jim Gaffigan. Seven of the concerts sold out, including the largest grossing concert in state history, Paul McCartney, and the largest attended concert at the PREMIER Center to date Carrie Underwood.

There were nine pop/rock acts in 2016 and eight country acts, with all but one of the country concerts selling out.